Rapper Black Ace on why he needs to make it in the industry for his daughter
Rapper Black Ace. (Photo: Supplied)
rapper Rorisang Mogapi aka Black Ace says even though getting into the music
industry is one of the toughest things he’s done, he’s grateful for his journey
and how far he’s come.
When he saw his
older brother doing it, Rorisang was hooked and knew he’d be a rapper too. So,
from the tender age of 10, he started writing down rhymes but freestyle rapping
would soon call his name.
matric, to please his parents, Rorisang went on to further his studies at the
University of Johannesburg. “I got my BA degree in journalism, and now I’m
completing my honours,” he tells us. “It gets very hectic sometimes because
last year, for instance, I was working a demanding campus job. But this year
I’m no longer doing it,” he says.
“I wake up every
morning at 6am and go to the gym, after that I go to classes or do my
assignment, study for tests – just spend some time with my academics. After
that, I sell some of my merchandise. From 12 midday to 3pm, that’s time reserved
for my baby girl,” he blushes.
out he was going
to be a father last year when he had just completed his degree. “I won’t
lie, that was a bit scary for me, you know? Because this little human will call
me dad and will mirror everything I am. But a great deal of me was excited – I
knew I would change forever and started preparing for her arrival even before
she was due,” he smiles.
Ten months ago,
Rorisang welcomed a healthy baby girl and his life, as he predicted, changed
forever. “I know this is probably really bad, but when you have a baby girl of
your own you start to really see the dangers against women and want to do
something about it. Before Nea came into the world, I knew women have it really
rough, especially in our country. I’d retweet things and stand up for them when
I could, but when she was born I realised that that wasn’t enough. And that’s
what fatherhood does to you – it makes you want to actively participate in
creating safe spaces for women and side-lined people in general. And I’m
honestly grateful for that.
“Even when I’m
chilling with other guys, if they say offensive things about women I call them
out, whether a woman is there or not – that’s not the point. The point is someone
in your circle thinks this way of women and you have the opportunity to teach,
and to walk away if they persist,” he continues.
Time spent with Nea
is Rorisang’s favourite thing. “Just watching her do things and be herself is
very beautiful. She already has a little personality and an attitude,” he
chuckles. “She’s made me a better man in so many ways. My outlook in life has
shifted, I work harder than I’ve ever worked because of her, and I’m more
responsible with money now. It’s always diapers over anything I prioritised
And the extra
effort he’s putting in is certainly paying off. In June, Rorisang was called in
by MTV for a performance battle.
“Yo, that was
actually a last-minute thing. They called me to tell me about it a day before,
but said it wasn’t set in stone yet. But they only eventually confirmed on the
day. So, I had a few hours to get read, and get to the place – when others were
told a week before. But I got there, did my best and nailed it. I was grateful
they even had my number, you know?”
recently, Rorisang shared the stage with South African giants such as Kwesta,
Busiswa, Slikour, L-Tido, Mlindo The Vocalist and Saudi at Mary Fitzgerald Square
in Newtown, Johannesburg.
“All of these
experiences are amazing, and I’m proud to be where I am, but I also can’t live
in a moment – it’s always on to the next one. There’s work to do.”